Is There Any Truth to Common Alcohol Sayings?

Drinking alcohol has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years, so it’s only natural that some quirky sayings have come about as “laws” of imbibing. Have you ever taken the time to think about whether there is any truth behind these old sayings? We’ll take a look at some of the most common sentiments related to alcohol and see if they hold any water.

Beer before liquor makes you feel sicker.

You’re probably familiar with this old rhyme from your college drinking days, but it doesn’t paint an accurate picture of how alcohol affects the body. The logic is that beer makes you full, and when you’re full, your body does not absorb alcohol as quickly, so when you switch to the harder stuff, you might drink more than you realize and get sick later. However, you can still get sick sticking to the proper order if you simply drink too much or start drinking on an empty stomach.  

In vino veritas.

This phrase translates to “in wine, truth,” reflecting on the truth serum qualities of alcohol. Yet, it’s worth considering that the truths that slip out while someone is intoxicated may not reflect their true feelings. Alcohol lowers inhibitions and can cause you to go against your own moral code, so it might lead you into saying some things you didn’t really mean.

Sober up with a pot of coffee.

Though coffee can make you feel more aware, it isn’t a reliable way to sober up. Only time can allow alcohol to work its way out of your system, but you can aid the process with a protein- and carbohydrate-rich meal. Coffee can be dangerous, because the caffeine can fool you into thinking that you’ve sobered up enough to take another shot.


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